German Bundesliga Roundup, Dec. 20

Hamburg beat Werder Bremen 2-1 at home on Sunday to keep pace with

the Bundesliga leaders going into the winter break despite playing

more than half the game with just ten men.

Joris Mathijsen scored a ninth minute header and Marcell

Jansen made it 2-0 in the 36th for Hamburg, who had Jerome Boateng

red-carded for a foul on Marko Marin when he was the last defender

just after the half hour mark.

Naldo pulled a goal back for Bremen three minutes into

stoppage time.

But Hamburg held off Bremen to improve to fourth place with

31 points from 17 matches.

“The team really deserves a lot of respect for taking home

these three points in a very tough game against a real rival,” said

Hamburg coach Bruno Labbadia.

“With everything that happened in the first half, the 31

points is sensational for us. We showed great morale, even with all

the injuries and going seven games without a victory.”

Werder remain on 28 points and are now sixth after their

second straight Bundesliga loss after going 23 games without a loss

in both domestic and European competition.

“We didn’t play with our heads. We made it too complicated.

We could not play how we wanted to today on this field and in these

conditions. We should have played more simple,” said Bremen head

coach Thomas Schaaf.

Aaron Hunt struck the crossbar for Bremen with six minutes

left and Marin hit the framework just a minute later before Naldo

scored the consolation goal for Werder.

In the other Sunday game, Cologne dominated Nuremberg to

record a 3-0 victory at home in a battle of relegation-threatened

teams.

Cologne came into the game with just seven goals from 16

games, but three headers gave it a crucial victory that lifted it

to 12th in the standings on 18 points.

Nuremberg remained mired in the relegation zone, one place

off the bottom with just 12 points.

Geromel scored Cologne’s first in the 37th and Milivoje

Novakovic made it 2-0 with 20 minutes to play. The Slovenian

striker then headed home his second seven minutes later to seal the

result.

Nuremberg defender Juri Judt was sent off six minutes from

the end for a second bookable offense.